Hail to the Hackers

8 October 2010 at 7:15 am 5 comments

| Scott Masten |

You may have read recently that District of Columbia election officials put out an invitation to computer scientists to hack an experimental Internet voting system. Apparently a team from the University of Michigan successfully took over the system within 36 hours. The part I found amusing, however, is that they programmed the system to play “Hail to the Victors” (official name “The Victors”) after each vote was cast.

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  • 1. Peter Klein  |  8 October 2010 at 7:46 am

    Did I mention that I gave a talk at Michigan State last week? I opened wih “Thank you, great to be here. I always enjoy visiting Ann Arbor.” Didnt get quite as much laughter as I expected.

  • 2. Scott Masten  |  8 October 2010 at 8:06 am

    I bet it didn’t! I guess you won’t be going back to East Lansing any time soon. But at least you got out alive. (Might not have this week.)

  • 3. cm  |  8 October 2010 at 8:10 am

    hi peter,
    seriously? i can’t imagine that that went over well… :)

    as for umich, yeah, i can now be even prouder to be an alum!
    -cm

  • 4. Peter Klein  |  8 October 2010 at 8:29 am

    I said it with a twinkle in my eye. But maybe the lighting was bad…. :-)

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